1942 White M2A1 engine and gearbox colors.

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clinto

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I'm doing a restoration on a '42 White M2A1 halftrack and I need some help with colors.

The engine is at the machine shop and I'm building the gearboxes now. I think the engine is supposed to be grey (it was the same olive drab as the vehicle when I received it) but I'm not sure about the various accessories like the fuel pump. In my experience with 50s and 60s cars, some accessories were painted, some were not. For instance, small block Chryslers have a bypass hose going to the intake from the water pump and it's painted engine color. Stuff like that.

I'm also not sure about the gearboxes. Their colors and how much of the hardware was installed before and after paint.

Are any of you guys have any WWII color photographs?

Here's what I found on the web. An NOS White engine, but I think it was an old rebuild, so there's no guarantee it's "correct". The way some 3116s in M44A3s are tan and some are green.

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The guys restoring this particular truck think the correct color is grey with white White logos
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They also did the gearboxes in solid grey
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My project:
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AZDeuce

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Clinto, It's so hard to tell from black and white photos, but there is/was a photo of new engine just installed in the frame at the White factory in one of my halftrack books, the engine was really dark, I just assumed it was that really dark "kind of" Navy grey that you see on old equipment like lathes and mills from back in the 40s. But I couldn't prove it, so I went with Ford Tractor grey, as that was what everyone else was doing....still don't think it's correct though!-Tom
 

WillWagner

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The Museum has 2 M20's and 3 half tracks. Both of the M20's have not been touched and the engines are grey. Two of the half tracks have grey engines, I am unsure of the 3rd one, it is a French return, but IIRC, the engine is green. The M8 and scout car are gray. Never seen a clean gear box so I couldn't comment on that.
 

bigmike

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Go to: White halftrack enthusiasts on facebook. Tons of pics of restorations and a great source of information.
 
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